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New Dawn Or A Lit-Up Screen

Acting is all about timing. Jaya’s absence and DMK’s dismal bypoll show offer Rajinikanth a grand entry.

New Dawn Or A Lit-Up Screen
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New Dawn Or A Lit-Up Screen
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2018-01-06T11:07:10+05:30

During Rajinikanth’s early days, the biggest challenge his mentor faced was the actor’s speed. If the scene required Raj­ini to walk across a hall, iconic director K. Balachander would rep­ea­tedly shout at him, “Medhuva, medhuva” (slowly!) so the camera could pan him leisurely. Yet the actor would have whizzed past, leaving the cameraman shake his head and throw up his hands calling for a retake.

Veteran filmmaker S.P. Muthuraman recalls how (late) Balachander eventua­lly managed to solve the matter. “Yet there was no controlling him the mom­ent the director said ‘cut, shot okay’,” says Muthuraman, 82. “Rajini would typica­lly whizz off to his chair or sneak out for a smoke—all in a jiffy.”

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